Make Valentine's Day Special
Men Deserve to Get Gifts, Too!
Women are not the only ones who look forward to romantic evenings with someone they love. Men enjoy having a little romance in their lives, too. However, some men may be a little embarrassed to ask their girlfriend or wife to do something special for them on Valentine’s Day. After all, advertisers nearly always promote the holiday as a day when the man treats the woman to dinner, flower, chocolate, champagne and similar tokens of his love and affection. While it is delightful to get all that attention, what can a woman do to make sure the man in her life knows that he is appreciated and cared for, too?
Valentine Food Ideas for Men
One thoughtful gift you can give the man in your life is to prepare a romantic home cooked meal for him. This will be greatly appreciated, since it takes a little pressure off his wallet. If you decide to do this, prepare something that you know he likes, whether it is steak or pasta. However, don’t serve your dinner as casually as you normally might. Instead, take the time to put a tablecloth on the table, light some candles, and serve his favorite beverage. Set out a few heart-shape appetizers and cookies. Turn off the television and have soft music in the background. Don’t forget that men like chocolate, too. End the evening with a slice of moist chocolate cake, and a bit of ice cream, and he’ll think you are the best cook in the world!
Valentine Jewelry Ideas for Men
Why not treat your husband or boyfriend to a special piece of jewelry … something that will make him think of you when he looks at it. Has his watch become scratched, banged up, no longer keeps time, or been lost? This might be a good occasion to purchase him a new one. Many watches can even be engraved on the back with his initials, the date of your anniversary, your pet name for him, or some short, endearing message. Does he wear cuff links? Some attractive new cuff links made of natural stone will make him think of you each time he puts them on.
Personalized Valentine Gifts for Him
Men don’t like to admit it, but they can also be a little sentimental and enjoy items that have been engraved to commemorate a special occasion. One source for personalized Valentine gifts is Things Remembered. This company has kiosks in malls across America, and they also have an online store at thingsremembered.com. Among the men’s items that you can have personalized with his initials or a special message are shot glasses, beer tankards, mugs, dog tags, ID bracelets, key chains, pocket knives, money clips, pocket watches, flasks and more. Prices range from about $20 to $60, plus the cost of engraving, and these items are sure to be a delightful reminder of you every time he uses them.
Sports Memorabilia Gifts for Him
Men also love to receive gifts related to their favorite sports. For example, you could completely surprise the man you love by presenting him with an autographed baseball, basketball, football or sports jersey. The men in your life might also enjoy receiving sports posters, mugs, coasters and similar items that display the logos of their favorite teams. If you aren’t sure where to purchase these items, you may be able to find what you are looking for at your local sporting goods store. You may also want to contact the business office of your local sports teams. In addition, you will find a number of online sources for sports memorabilia listed in the article, “Where to Buy Authentic Team Footballs, Helmets and Jerseys.”
Valentine Activities to Do with the Man in Your Life
One of the best ways to show a man that you care is to spend the day with him doing something you both enjoy. Many men are more likely to enjoy being active, rather than just spending an evening sipping wine and gazing into each other’s eyes. If this describes your man, you might plan a romantic picnic with wine, cheese and French bread at the beach or a nearby park; or you could spend the day playing golf together, followed by a couples massage at a nearby spa. Even if it is a little chilly outside, go on a walk together and bring along a thermos of hot chocolate and some other treats.
Does he enjoy skiing or other winter sports? How about renting a little condo or hotel room in the mountains and spending the weekend there with him? Choose someplace with a nice hot tub, in an area where there are places to rent snow mobiles, go skiing, and spend your evenings together at a fun sports bar. In other words, plan something that he will enjoy doing during the day, followed by more relaxing activities that you will both enjoy in the evening.
Are you looking for fun activities that the man in your life will enjoy, but you are on a tight budget? Try spending the day hiking, or playing tennis on public tennis courts. If it’s too cold to be outdoors, pull out some jigsaw puzzles or board games that you can enjoy together. Build a fire, and snuggle up together. Another great indoor activity is to go to a movie that HE wants to see! Afterwards, bring him home to a meal that you have prepared in advance, such as a roast baking in the oven, with veggies and a salad that are ready to eat. End the evening with champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries … a lovely treat that will make Valentine’s Day special for both of you.
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